POST OPERATIVE CARE

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR DENTAL PROCEDURES

 


 

Extraction
  • Bite firmly on the gauze pad for one hour immediately after the extraction, following which the gauze can be discarded.
  • If bleeding should recur, take one piece of clean gauze and roll it up tightly. Fold the gauze roll in half, position over the extraction site and bite down for 30 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously on the day of the extraction – this will cause the blood clot to dislodge resulting in fresh bleeding from the socket. Also do not spit forcefully and avoid using a straw immediately after the extraction.
  • Refrain from smoking for at least 2 weeks. Smoking can impair healing of the extraction socket.
  • Avoid brushing around the surgical site on the day of the surgery; you can gently resume your brushing and flossing the day after.
  • You may experience some pain, bruising around your lips, and/or some swelling, especially after extraction of impacted wisdom teeth. Medication prescribed for you will help to minimize your discomfort. You can also use a cold compress to reduce post-operative swelling.
  • Please take any medication you may have received based on the provided instructions.
  • During the first 2-3 days after surgery a diet of soft food and liquids is recommended (soup, yogurt, porridge and juice).
  • Call our office if you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns. In case of serious emergencies call 995.

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Fillings
  • Exercise caution when eating after your appointment until the numbness is gone.
  • If you are supervising children who had fillings done, make sure they don’t bite on their numb lips or tongue (it can cause serious injury to the soft tissues).
  • You may experience cold and heat sensitivity and some gum soreness; this usually subsides within a few days.
  • Please call our office if you experience pain or discomfort for more than a few days after placement of fillings, or if you have any questions.

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Crowns and Bridges (also Inlays/Onlays)
  • Crowns and bridges usually take 2 or 3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed on your tooth/teeth.
  • You may experience sensitivity, gum soreness, and slight discomfort on the tooth/teeth after the first appointment.
  • Whenever anesthesia is used, exercise caution when eating and drinking until the numbness has worn off.
  • A temporary crown is usually made of plastic-based material or soft metal. It can break if too much pressure is placed on it. The crown may come off; if it does, save the crown and call our office. The temporary crown serves to protect the tooth and prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting, so it should be replaced as soon as possible. To avoid losing the temporary crown, try not to chew on very sticky or hard foods (chewing gum, ice).
  • Continue your normal brushing but be careful while flossing around the temporary crowns as to avoid dislodging it (slide the floss through gently from the side).
  • After the permanent restoration is placed you may feel slight pressure for a few days. The bite may also feel different for a day or two. If the bite still feels uneven after 2-3 days or if you feel discomfort when chewing on the tooth, please call our office.

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Root Canal Treatment
  • You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure on your tooth. Also, you may feel gum soreness for few days after your treatment. The healing process may take several days but the pain and discomfort should subside gradually.
  • Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Usually a temporary filling is placed in your tooth after the root canal. Until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle when eating on that side.
  • Continue with normal brushing and flossing.
  • Follow up with the placement of the permanent restoration as advised. Any unnecessary delay in placement of the final restoration will increase the risk of permanent damage to the tooth.
  • Call our office if you have severe pain or experience swelling, or if you have any questions.

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Teeth Cleaning (Scaling & Polishing)
  • You may experience some cold and heat sensitivity (especially after deep cleaning).
  • Your gums may appear redder and feel more tender for a few days.
  • Continue with regular brushing and flossing.
  • Some bleeding for a day or two after cleaning is normal, but this will stop after the inflammation in your gums resolves.

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Implant Surgery
  • You may experience some discomfort and bleeding on the day of the surgery.
  • Bite firmly on the gauze pad for one hour immediately after the operation, following which the gauze can be discarded. If bleeding should recur, take one piece of clean gauze and roll it up tightly. Fold the gauze roll in half, position over the surgical site and bite down for 30 minutes. Repeat as necessary.
  • Take all medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Application of a cold compress after surgery can help reduce post-operative swelling. The compress should be applied to the area of your face over the surgical site of 10 minutes and then removed for 5 minutes. This cycle is then repeated.
  • Keep your next appointment on time for removal of sutures and follow-up checks.
  • Do not raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
  • Do not brush teeth near the surgical site. Brush teeth in the rest of your mouth.
  • Do not smoke, spit, or use a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).
  • Should there be any problems, do not hesitate to call our office. In case of serious emergencies call 995.

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Denture Delivery
  • You will experience some discomfort with any new denture for a few days. All new dentures need several adjustments at the office before they can fit completely and comfortably in your mouth.
  • Take the dentures out every night and keep them in a clean container filled with water or denture cleansing solution. Your gums should rest every day for a period of time.
  • Clean dentures thoroughly with a toothbrush or denture brush and water before putting them back in your mouth.
  • It may be difficult to talk or eat normally with the new dentures for a few days. Try to practice reading a book or newspaper out loud for a period of time every day. Your tongue and jaw muscles will get used to the new dentures with this exercise.
  • Call our office if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or if you have any questions.

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